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Stew Kaufman (m. ?–2006)

Linda Cohn

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November 10, 1959 (age 64) (
Long Island, New York, U.S.

Notable credit(s)
National Jewish Sports Hall of FameSUNY Oswego Athletic Hall of FameWomen's Sports Journalism Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation

Movies and TV shows
SportsCenter, The Break-Up, College Football Scoreboard

Newfield High School, State University of New York at Oswego

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Linda Cohn (born November 10, 1959) is an American sportscaster. She regularly anchors ESPN's SportsCenter.


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Early life and education

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Cohn wore very large glasses as a child and faced many self-esteem issues. Originally, she turned to sports as a getaway from her loneliness. Cohn would watch the games on TV with her father, who is a huge sports fan. When she was 15, her mother found a hockey league where she could play with boys, although the boys were eight or nine years old. As a teenager, Cohn demonstrated talent at ice hockey as a goaltender, making her high school's boys team. Although she didn’t make her high school hockey team as a junior, she ended up making the team as a senior. After graduating from Newfield High School, Cohn attended SUNY Oswego, where she was the goalie for the women's ice hockey team. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in arts and communications in 1981. Cohn was inducted to the Oswego State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Early years

Cohn debuted as a sports anchor for the Patchogue, New York-based radio station WALK-AM (also WALK-FM) in 1981 and worked there for four years. After leaving that station in 1984, she worked as a sports anchor for four other New York area radio stations until 1987, including a brief stint as an update person at WFAN in New York City.


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In 1987, Cohn made sportscasting history by becoming the first full-time U.S. female sports anchor on a national radio network when she was hired by ABC. She anchored WABC TalkRadio from 1987–89. In 1988, Cohn got her first television break, after being hired by what was at the time one of ESPN's top competitors, SportsChannel America. In 1989, she hosted a call-in radio sports show in New York.

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Cohn was a reporter at the SportsChannel America Network before being hired by KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington to work as a sports anchor there.

ESPN (1992–present)

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Cohn returned to the East Coast in 1992, when she was hired by ESPN to work on SportsCenter. She anchored her first SportsCenter on July 11, 1992 with Chris Meyers. She has also been featured in many of the show's This is SportsCenter commercials. Despite her success, Cohn was almost fired in 1994 because the network argued that she wasn’t showing her love for sports on TV. The company gave her six months to improve and hired a video coach to help her out.

In addition to her work as a sports journalist, Cohn made a name for herself as a prognosticator during the 1997 NCAA basketball tournament. Her bracket that year for ESPN accurately predicted 15th-seeded Coppin State's shocking victory over South Carolina in the first round, to this day one of the greatest upsets in the tournament's history.

In 2005, Cohn signed a contract extension with ESPN, which added play-by-play for WNBA telecasts to her duties. On June 20, 2008, ESPN announced that Cohn would be a regular anchor for the new morning block of SportsCenter, which launched on August 11 that year. She was to have been the co-anchor, alongside Steve Berthiaume, of the first three hours of the block, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on weekdays. Several weeks later, however, ESPN announced that the new SportsCenter morning block would be scaled back from nine to six hours.

She hosted her 5,000th edition of SportsCenter on February 21, 2016, a record for SportsCenter anchors. Cohn continues to regularly anchor SportsCenter from 1–3 pm eastern Monday through Friday. She is also the host of the podcast "Listen Closely to Linda Cohn".

Cohn has reported, commentated, interviewed, written, and called play-by-play throughout her career at ESPN.

The network suspended Cohn for saying in a radio interview that left-wing bias at the network had contributed to a loss of subscribers.


In 2008, Cohn released her memoir, Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys' Club, in which she recounts her passion for sports and her experiences working on SportsCenter. It is a tell-all about her rise to the top of a male-dominated sportscasting world.

Personal life

In 2008, Cohn’s long-time marriage to Stew Kaufman ended and the couple filed for a divorce. In 2014, Cohn was named one of the 25 most influential women in sports.

Cohn has a daughter named Sammy and a son named Dan. She is Jewish. She is an avid New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks and New York Rangers fan.


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